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SCHEDULE AND PROGRAMMING INFORMATION
Check out the conference’s schedule here.
The conference hotel is the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront, which is sold out. Some attendees are looking to share a room. Complete this form to help find a roommate. There are several hotels a short walk away, but availability is limited. There are some private condo and room rentals in the area, too.
Information on getting to the hotel, parking and check in/out is below.
This year’s peer networking lunches will be in the Hilton’s Grand Bay Ballroom South from 12:30-2:15 p.m. on Thursday, March 23. Spending the first lunch break of the conference with peers is a great way to make new friends, connect with those you already know, and share tips on getting the most out of ACES. Registration is required, and attendance is limited. If you didn’t sign up for the networking lunches when you registered, you can fill out the information online. Registration will close on March 15.
Space is limited for the Friday night banquet, but there is a waiting list. If you signed up for the banquet as part of registration but do not plan to attend, please let us know so we can make room for someone else. You can tell us you do not plan to attend or be added to the waiting list by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The annual ACES Spelling Bee, which supports the ACES Education Fund, will be on Thursday evening, after the sessions end but before the reception begins. The event features professional judges from Merriam-Webster and the Scripps National Bee, and is sponsored by Lingofy. The cost to compete is $25. And the cost to watch is $10. All proceeds go for scholarships. Sign up here.
ACES Great Bosses Boot Camp, St. Petersburg, Florida
March 22, 2017 @ 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront
How do you keep today’s newsroom staff motivated, innovative, collaborative and competitive — across all platforms? It takes both management and leadership skills, things they didn’t teach you in journalism school. In this fun and interactive boot camp, we’ll focus on performance management: how to get the best out of your teams, how to manage during times of change, how to handle conflict, and how great leadership translates into quality journalism and winning teams. Learn with Jill Geisler and other top newsroom leaders. Jill’s “What Great Bosses Know” podcasts have been downloaded 5 million times on iTunesU. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The cost is $100 for members, $250 for nonmembers. Register here.
The keynote speaker at Friday night’s banquet will be Anne Curzan, who is a linguist, a professor of English at the University of Michigan and the author of several books on language. Curzan is a member of the American Heritage Dictionary Usage Panel and the American Dialect Society. She also is a regular contributor to the Lingua Franca blog for the Chronicle of Higher Education. Curzan is cohost of the weekly “That’s What They Say” show on language for Michigan Public Radio. Her books include “How English Works: A Linguistic Introduction,” “Fixing English: Prescriptivism and Language History” and “Gender Shifts in the History of English.” Curzan recently talked to ACES about changing language rules and how language conventions are taught.
Advance registration is closed. However, you can still register on-site. On-site prices are below. If you have questions, email email@example.com.
Hilton check in/check out information:
Check-in time is 3 p.m. Check-out time is noon.
Hotel parking is available at the ACES reduced rate of $3 for the first hour and $1 each additional hour up to five. The cost is $10 for over five hours or overnight for hotel guests. Take your parking ticket to the front desk before leaving the hotel to pay the ACES reduced rate. The front desk will provide a key to exit the lot.
Parking is also available on the street, west of the hotel at Aer’s parking lot for $4/day.
Getting to the hotel:
AIR TRAVEL: Two airport options: Tampa International Airport (TPA) and St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) (for flights on Allegiant only)
GROUND TRAVEL FROM TPA:
- Super Shuttle: Register online for a special rate of $39 round-trip. Special rate available for trips March 16-30. Otherwise it’s about $23 per person each way plus tip. Follow the signs to the baggage claim on Level 1, then follow the signs marked “Ground Transportation” to the courtesy vehicle waiting area. You can check in with customer service reps in the brightly marked Super Shuttle booth or with an existing reservation using the self-service ticketing kiosk. Ticketing booths at the airport open from 9 AM to 11:30 PM (or when final flight for the night departs), seven days a week. There is also a phone available to contact our dispatchers after hours.
- Cabs: Estimated taxi fare from TPA is $55-$60
- Uber available, estimated from TPA at about $25, though costs can vary
GROUND TRAVEL FROM PIE:
- Super Shuttle: $35 (via Execucar) plus tip. Outside of Baggage Claim in the Ground Transportation lot.
- Cabs: About $30-$35
- Uber and Lyft: About $14-$18
Find a person to share a ride with by completing this form.